Calamp Airboss Network Management System

November 04, 2011

Airboss Network Management Data Sharing Engine

 

Early Detection, Rapid Response

 

As the size and complexity of your network grows, so does the likelihood of failure. Even extremely reliable components will fail eventually, and while it may be highly unlikely for an individual component, the likelihood grows rapidly with with the number of components in the network, their age, and the environmental extremes under which they must operate. Large wireless networks with thousands of radios will often see failures on a weekly basis, and technicians must be dispatched regularly. The key to effective network management, then, is early detection, accurate diagnosis, and rapid response.

 

Accurate Diagnosis, Proactive Repair

 

CalAmp’s Airboss Network Management Data Sharing Engine is designed to oversee your wireless network, identify and isolate problems, and track the operational performance of the network over time. Using open standard communications protocols and class-leading security features, AirbossTM provides web-based, on-demand access to critical performance metrics that range from the throughput of the entire network down to the operation of an individual radio. It will help you detect problems quickly, localize their impact, and diagnose corrective action before technicians ever head into the field.

 

Proactive Health Monitoring

 

Airboss is designed to help network administrators become proactive, rather than reactive. By tracking critical performance monitoring metrics over time, Airboss helps you identify operational trends in your network and anticipate problems before they occur. Airboss reporting capabilities are extensive, intuitive, and user-friendly. Large networks can be subdivided easily into subnets, with automatic, accurate generation of hierarchical network maps. Users can quickly drill down into the network from high-level summaries to individual links, with color-coded dashboards and mapping facilities that take the guesswork of out network diagnosis. Maintenance efforts become predictive, rather than corrective. Resource efficiency improves, network reliability increases, and operational costs drop.

 

A Powerful Toolbox

 

CalAmp wireless networks are capable of generating a large and highly-detailed volume of operational metric data, and Airboss is designed to sift and prioritize that information efficiently. When something goes wrong, the right people can be notified quickly, with pertinent, accurate, timely information. Airboss software uses sophisticated thresholding and rate-of change algorithms to identify operational exceptions in the network so that specific actions can be taken, such as an email notification or the generation of a trouble ticket. These triggering events can be defined and filtered with great flexibility and specificity, enabling AirbossTM users to easily customize the system to the exact requirements of their wireless network. Once a fault has been detected, AirbossTM provides intuitive, powerful software tools for remote troubleshooting, failure diagnosis, and remote recovery. If a technician must be dispatched, they’ll know what to expect when they arrive on site. You’ll send the right person with the right tools to correct the problem quickly.

 

Optimized For Wireless Networks

 

Traditional network monitoring systems are not well-suited to wireless networking environments. For example, latency expectations for a wireline network are completely different from those of a wireless environment. What might be regarded as a fault in a traditional network is often normal in a wireless environment. Airboss is optimized for the specialized requirements of industrial wireless networks, with the capability to monitor wireless-specific metrics such as signal strength, non-deterministic latency, voltage, radio case temperatures, and RF bandwidth utilization. Airboss can also easily integrate other types of data from attached network devices that support open standard protocols, so you’ll enjoy reporting that is specific to the exact needs and capabilities of your network.

 

The Future is Heterogeneous

 

Modern networks are rapidly becoming multi-faceted and heterogeneous. Users no longer want to rely on a single provider for mission-critical wireless infrastructure. CalAmp has enthusiastically embraced open standard protocols across it’s entire product line, and Airboss will support a wide variety of standards-compliant network-attached devices. As a software framework, Airboss need not stand alone as an isolated application; it will happily integrate with a wide variety of industry-standard third-party software frameworks, and supports Active X for thin-client access from most any modern browser. That means plug and play simplicity for both greenfield and legacy networks, and easy extension and integration as your network grows.

 

Take Control Today

 

As the industry’s premier standards-compliant wireless network management system, AirbossTM can ease the challenges of network maintenance, improve the performance and efficiency of your maintenance resources, and simplify your life as a network administrator. When downtime in mission critical wireless networks affects the bottom line, AirbossTM is the indispensable tool for effective network management, rapid diagnosis, and efficient repair. You’ll minimize outages, lower your operational costs, and improve the bottom line of your firm.

 

 

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